THE STORY OF JESUS: Acts 28:11-16
“At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged.” (Acts 28:15)
To follow Jesus is not an easy path, it has many challenges.
But meeting with other Jesus followers is very encouraging.
To know that we are not alone, that others believe like us.
Paul is refreshed by meeting with the believers in Rome (see Romans 15:23-24, 31-32).
This makes me wonder about times when I meet with other Jesus followers.
Is it refreshing, is it enjoyable, are we mutually encouraging?
Sometimes yes, when the conversation is uplifting and hopeful.
But sometimes no… when the conversation is negative or critical.
I am aware of some road bumps and potholes the church is facing.
Conversations turn to debates, criticism, differences of opinion, and warnings.
Satan loves to stir the pot, to get Jesus followers off the path.
Now more than ever we need to make sure our times together are encouraging.
The path is hard, but Jesus is still Lord, and grace is still operative.
Since we are saved by grace, let us encourage one another with grace… we need it.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help us as a church to grow as a grace community, where we can refresh and encourage one another, especially when the enemy is working to divide and discourage us.